I took our dog for a training class at PetSmart. He learned come, sit, lay (down), etc. He is six years old now and will still snatch unless we are very firm. We have him come (which includes sit) and I say "gentle... gentle" and I hold the food at my chest, until I know he's really listening. Then I say "gentle" as I move the food closer. If I see him start to move, I pull it back and say "unh uhn gentle". Then he takes it very carefully. If we're not careful, he'd take part of our finger out of fascination with the food! I'm still not crazy about the kids giving him things, but Alex loves to, and even occassionally gives him things he's not supposed to have. I call them the partners in crime!
at 5:58 PM on Mar. 11, 2009